Saturday, June 6, 2020

Environment

NZ First and Maori threatening to make waves

The Government must now navigate possible Maori resistance to any move to cut fishing quotas in the Hauraki Gulf. The announcement yesterday that the Government...

Councils under threat

Parochial councils backed by the National Party may object, but it looks highly likely that the only way New Zealand will be able to...

Balance needed in energy policies

While Government MPs yesterday were defending the offshore petroleum exploration ban during a debate in Parliament, one of the world’s top energy experts was...

Opposition to Auckland light rail mounts

Pressure is mounting on Transport Minister Phil Twyford to review the decision to go ahead with light rail from the city to the airport. The...

Why cleaning up water will be hard

The Government packed out Parliament’s Banquet Hall yesterday to launch its long-awaited freshwater policy. The only problem was that the key parts of the policy...

Sir Geoffrey Palmer caught in middle of row over iwi rights

Already offside with the hunting and fishing lobby over proposals to cull South Island Thar, the Government is now defending its proposals  to make...

Fishing for trouble

The country’s anglers look likely to join hunters in their opposition to actions being planned by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage. The hunters are up in...

One water regulator to rule them all

There was another warning yesterday that ratepayers around the country face huge bills to clean up their water supplies. Prompted by the Havelock North poisoning...

The super-grass the politicians don't want to talk about

Groundbreaking New Zealand research shows that methane production from livestock could be dramatically reduced with a new so-called pasture super-grass. Such is the potential of...

National and the Greens get slightly closer together

Climate Change Minister and Greens co-leader, James Shaw, last night warned that if climate change policy was done badly, then the country would feel...

How James Shaw wants to change the NZ landscape

A major report yesterday into how New Zealand might manage its response to climate change makes it clear the New Zealand landscape is about...

Upton report suggests belching cows could get a reprieve

A major report on climate change yesterday suggests there may be no need for panic about greenhouse gases caused by cows belching. Though Greenpeace reacted...

Who will pay the massive bill to make housing affordable?

Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford is about to ramp up Government plans to change the face of our inner cities, particularly Auckland. But the Government...

Greens threaten agreement on Maori water rights

The chances of the Government being able to clean up rivers have become even more problematic with a hardline stance now being adopted by...

A political tangle; Parker, the environment and Maori.

The Government’s plan to clean up waterways now depends on it being able to do a deal with Maori. Environment Minister David Parker says he...

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